Sunday, July 31, 2011

What I Love About Me- Week #9! Hint- I WON, I WON, I W-O-N!!

My blogger bud, Holly over at Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun as given me a "Blog On fire" award! And that's what I am LOVIN' about ME today!

I am soooo excited that I could PEE MY PANTS!  If you've been awarded a bloggy award, you know what I am talking about.  For those of you who haven't...it's a pretty darn good feeling!!

(If you happen to think these awards are insignificant or silly and JUST FOR THE RECORD, they SO are NOT!  You may NOT want to click "read more" because I am about to give a very heart filled, dramatic "acceptance speech"...LOL!)



Spiritual Sunday- Do Everything

Liz over at  Thriving and Surviving With Twins  made a great post a couple weeks back, click on this link:  IT ALL MATTERS to have a read!

With her permission, I am re-posting the song "Do Everything" by Curtis Champion for my Spiritual Sunday Post this week...Thanks Liz!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Songs That Make US Sing...Linky Party!!!


Are You Ready For Another Saturday Linky Party?? 
Well then get your dancing shoes on and those singing voices ready because ME, Ginger of Just Another Mom of Twins and Becca of Because I'm the Mommy are hosting a "Songs That Make Us Sing Saturday Blog Hop!!" 
Oh Ya! This Is Gonna Be FUN! FUN! FUN!

Hey It's a PARTY So We Don't Have Any Rules!!
(Except NO puking...the Mommies can't handle anymore puking.)

Here is how it will work and just a few guidelines:

1.  Please Follow the TWO of "Us"  (we're so much more than just songs...LOL) If you're a new follower please leave us a comment so we can follow you back!
2. Pick A Song...any song that makes you wanna sing! Old-New-Country-Pop-Punk...anything goes. (Let's try to keep it family friendly if we can...LOL) If you want, tell us why the song makes you wanna SING!
3.  Add your link to the "Playlist"
4.  We'd REALLY like you to copy the Linky Code (just click on "get the code") in to your post so your blogger buds can join in on the fun or link back to the both of us so they can at least "find" the party, but you don't have to.
5.  We'd love to see the video of your song (which can easily be shared via youtube.com) but if you just wanna list your favorite song of the day, we're "cool" with that too!
6.  Hey, and don't forget to grab our button while you are at it.  (BCIMommy still likes it cause she thinks it sounds dirty. *teehee*)

Just Another Mom of Twins

I L-O-V-E this song!  Every time I hear it I want to throw a party and celebrate being a woman! 
I truly hope that my daughter Ave will grow up believing and knowing that she can be ANYTHING she wants to be!

For ALL the FABULOUS Woman Out There!!!


Friday, July 29, 2011

My Childen's Privacy & Blogging

I just read an article in my Today’s Parents Magazine and I began thinking about the concept of blogging, more specifically in regards to blogging about my children.

When I started to blog just two short months ago, I never really gave it a second thought when I called it “Just Another Mom of Twins”.  In fact, I have had a few “visitors” question that title and ask if I feel insignificant in someway as being JUST another mom of twins (really?!?!).  No, that wasn’t my "intent" and you may want to stay tuned for the BIG unveiling of my NEW blog design when I will go into a little more “explanation” of why I picked that name for my blog and a NEW TITLE! (Ok, not totally new, just an addition of one small word. Intrigued??)

Anywho, my intent was never to solely blog about Ave & Bryce but I definitely knew I wanted to share my (mis)adventures of a SAHM of twins.  As it has turned out, I haven’t really posted very much about that, but I will.  After I read that article, I stopped to think about THEIR privacy because I hadn’t really given that a second thought either.  I pondered it for a minute or two and then came to the following conclusion…I am “ok” with sharing my life with my “blogger buds” and talking openly and candidly about the lives of my children.  Here’s why…

Thursday, July 28, 2011

If I can't have Timmies...I want Keurig Coffee!

I got to thinking after my post last week and how much I LOVE Tim Hortons Coffee.  I miss my daily "fix" of the "stuff".  Since having children, my consumption of Tim Hortons coffee has cut in half.  NO, less than half, of what it use to be. (It's just not that easy to jump in the car and grab a coffee anymore...right?!?!?!)  I "pull" a drive-thru about once a week now, rather than EVERY DAY (sometimes it was twice, not often though.)

Now, you could say,  "That's a good thing, your drinking less coffee"  But that's not true.

You might be thinking, "It saves you lotsa money." Ummm....not really.  Here's why...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays- Scrapbooking

Ok, so even though no one has joined in on my "linky" I am still going to continue posting my Scrappin' creations all the same...LOL!  Who knows, maybe...just maybe it will "catch fire"??  (Not literally of course...I know, I AM funny today!)

Happy Scrapin' Everyone!

Our Flower Girl/Ring Bearer
This is my 2 year old niece.  She wore a "mini replica" of my wedding dress...CUTIE!

The "matching" opposite page...I LOVE B&W photos!
Hey there!  I would love to see YOUR Wordless, Wordful or Whatever Wednesday Post...Link Up!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Strange Addiction...Eyeglasses!

Before I get "started" has anyone watched that show..."My Strange Addiction"?!?!?  W-O-W! (That's all I can say.)  I watched my first episode this weekend and it got me thinking...we all have our own "quirks" and such, or at least I know that I do!

Which bring me to my "addiction", although I doubt it would qualify to get me some "air time" but I do believe it is an addiction all the same.

I am addicted to accessorising (Aren't we all??).  Not with shoes.  Not with jewelry.  Not with scarfs.  Nope!  With eyeglasses...

Monday, July 25, 2011

What I LOVE About ME- No More Children, We're Done!

My husband and I have struggled with the question; "Should We OR Shouldn't We??"

What I LOVE about me today is that I (we) have made a decision.  Finally!  We are happy just the way we are...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spiritual Sunday- Special Gift

This is a poem I found while I was pregnant with Ave & Bryce, "surfing" the Internet for some Scrapbooking quotes...it is firmly attached to my fridge and I read it everyday!

Special Gift
Written By: John W. Lilly

Once upon a time mommy and I, wished upon a star.
We didn't know if we'd get our wish, the chances seemed rather far.

We asked God for a little boy or girl, to cuddle and hold tight,
To love a squeeze and give a gentle kiss goodnight.

Well, God was listening an the answer came straight from the blue,
Not only did we get one little angel, he saw fit to give us TWO!

First Wagon Ride
June 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Songs That Make US Sing Saturday! Week #3


Are You Ready For Another Saturday Linky Party?? 
Well then get your dancing shoes on and those singing voices ready because ME, Ginger of Just Another Mom of Twins and Becca of Because I'm the Mommy are hosting a "Songs That Make Us Sing Saturday Blog Hop!!" 
Oh Ya! This Is Gonna Be FUN! FUN! FUN!

Hey It's a PARTY So We Don't Have Any Rules!!
(Except NO puking...the Mommies can't handle anymore puking.)

Here is how it will work and just a few guidelines:

1.  Please Follow the TWO of "Us"  (we're so much more than just songs...LOL) If you're a new follower please leave us a comment so we can follow you back!
2. Pick A Song...any song that makes you wanna sing! Old-New-Country-Pop-Punk...anything goes. (Let's try to keep it family friendly if we can...LOL) If you want, tell us why the song makes you wanna SING!
3.  Add your link to the "Playlist"
4.  We'd REALLY like you to copy the Linky Code (just click on "get the code") in to your post so your blogger buds can join in on the fun or link back to the both of us so they can at least "find" the party, but you don't have to.
5.  We'd love to see the video of your song (which can easily be shared via youtube.com) but if you just wanna list your favorite song of the day, we're "cool" with that too!
6.  Hey, and don't forget to grab our button while you are at it.  (BCIMommy still likes it cause she thinks it sounds dirty. *teehee*)

Just Another Mom of Twins



I can be found at any wedding up on the dance floor doing my best “impression” of this video...LMAO! 
I can be found the next day lying in bed with ICE all over, trying to re-coupe from those dance moves!!
(My husband loves to “request” this song because he LOVES to see me “Beyonce Out” as he likes to call it!)


Friday, July 22, 2011

I Feel Like I Am Back In College...

Ok, so I survived the Dreaded Dentist Visit WITH sedation meds yesterday but I feel like I just woke up on the morning after one of my "fun & fancy free" party nights, w-a-y back in my college days!  I have large "chunks" of last nights "dance" with the dentist, gone!  My head hurts a little and my stomach feels like there is a "whirl & twirl" ride going on.  Yuck!  

My teeth are nice and clean though! LOL

According to my husbands "re-cap" of the events after he picked me up, I was a busy little lady...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Take A Pill. Go To Sleep. All Done! (If life were only THAT easy ALL THE TIME!)

I am afraid of the dentist!  I know...I know...who isn't! But I truly have a deep rooted (pun intended) fear of the Dentist.  So much so, that I must be “put under” just to get a cleaning.
I am not a “fearful” type of person and in actuality, I rather “enjoyed” (ok, maybe not enjoyed but I was NEVER fearful) going to the Dentist up until 3 years ago.  I am not positive but it could have been the fact that they told be that I was in the beginning stages of Gingivitis...who's isn’t though, I mean really?!?!  And the fact that they used words such as “deep pocket cleaning now required”.  All I know is after that visit, the thought of having them “deep clean” anything did not sound AT ALL pleasant and sure enough when they attempted to do that procedure on me, I went into an immediate panic mode and cut the visit short...right on the spot.  I was not having THAT “drily sound thingie” come anywhere near my “deep pocketed”, pearly whites.

The Dentist was adamant that I needed the cleaning and I was equally adamant that it was not going to happen...then or ever!  He then told me all about this wonderful invention called “sedation dentistry”.  I had heard about people “going under” for dental surgery but never for simple cleanings.  Apparently, if there was ever a good time to become deathly frightful of dentistry, well, I had picked the “right” time.
It’s really rather a simple process, I take 2 pills 1 hour before my appointment.  I get “loopy”.  Someone drives me there and walks me “in” (because you tend to become a little unsteady on your feet after taking sedation medication...who knew...LOL).  I sit in a chair.  They give me more pills.  I wake up and my teeth are cleaned and shiny.  Oh wait!  I skipped a step.  I get driven home from someone who must then almost carry me upstairs and then I sleep for about 14 hours straight THEN I wake up and my teeth are all cleaned and shiny....LMAO!

Any who, I am heading for my yearly “deep pocket cleaning” tonight (Yes, my Dentist is opened until 9pm...strange eh?).  Therefore, because of the above mentioned “simple” process,  I will likely me out of commission tomorrow.  What a “flippin’” production!  But the only thing I fear more than the Dentist itself is the fear of having to have dentures.  So, if I gotta “go under” to keep these pearly whites...so be it!

Have a GREAT Thursday Everyone!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays- Scrapbooking Blog Hop!

ATTENTION FELLOW CRAFTERS!!
Come and Join My Wordless Wednesday Scrapbooking Blog Hop!!



I love looking at other's Scrapbooks/Cards ALMOST as much as mine...LOL! So I thought; "What's a better way to do that AND to get some great ideas for some future layouts or card designs?"


So come on...Hop Along!!  Post your "Creations" and share your talents with fellow Scrapaholics!!

How It Works:

1. Post your name and link to your Scrapbook/Card creation to the Linky bellow.
2. If you are as creative with the computer as you are with paper...copy the "link code" into your post so your crafty blogger buds can join in on the fun!
3. I'd love it if you'd "Follow Me" and leave me a comment so I can 'Follow You" back! (if we aren't already following each other)
4. You can just post the pic without words OR you can tell us a little about your "inspiration" or techniques...totally up to YOU! (Post as many or as few pictures as you like...the stage is YOURS!)

Happy Scrapin' Everyone!

Ave- Professional "Shoot" at 3 weeks old

Bryce- Professional "Shoot" at 3 weeks old

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Alberta Children's Hospital...Bryce's First Visit! :(

The Alberta Children's Hospital is a fun, almost whimsical looking place but there is NEVER anything fun and whimsical about having to go to a hospital!  We had hoped that we would never have to see the inside of that building but as fate would have it, Bryce would see the inside of THAT place this morning. :(  (Hopefully, for the last time.)

It is built to look like "Legos"
It all started 2 weeks ago Monday...

Monday, July 18, 2011

What I Like About ME Mondays-Pay It Forward!

"The wise know the value of friendship, and that it is wisdom to be a friend to oneself too." -A.C. Grayling Welcome to Week 7 of "What I Love About Me!" hosted by Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun and Twingle Mommy!

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I LOVE...LOVE...LOVE Tim Hortons Coffee!  (For my fellow Canadians, no explanation needed!)  For my "International Blogger Buds" Tim Hortons coffee could best be compared to "heroin", only for your suburban-type-folks!  I am NOT exaggerating, am I fellow Canucks...eh?!?!  LOL!

Seriously though, there have been rumors circulating our country for years regarding the "secret" added ingredient that makes so many people NEED their "Timmies" (nickname for their coffee).  You can read more about that HERE if you are really that interested.

The "thing" I love MORE than my Tim Hortons coffee (if that is EVEN at ALL possible) is the "thing" I am Lovin' About ME today...


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Spiritual Sunday- My Son Bryce

Last week on my Spiritual Sunday post I talked about the naming of our daughter Ave, you can read all about that HERE if you missed it.  This week I want to talk about how blessed I feel for having been entrusted with a beautiful baby boy, my son Bryce...
 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Song That Make US Sing Saturday! Week #2


Are You Ready For Another Saturday Linky Party?? 
Well then get your dancing shoes on and those singing voices ready because ME, Ginger of Just Another Mom of Twins and Becca of Because I'm the Mommy are hosting a "Songs That Make Us Sing Saturday Blog Hop!!" 
Oh Ya! This Is Gonna Be FUN! FUN! FUN!

Hey It's a PARTY So We Don't Have Any Rules!!
(Except NO puking...the Mommies can't handle anymore puking.)

Here is how it will work and just a few guidelines:

1.  Please Follow the TWO of "Us"  (we're so much more than just songs...LOL) If you're a new follower please leave us a comment so we can follow you back!
2. Pick A Song...any song that makes you wanna sing! Old-New-Country-Pop-Punk...anything goes. (Let's try to keep it family friendly if we can...LOL) If you want, tell us why the song makes you wanna SING!
3.  Add your link to the "Playlist"
4.  We'd REALLY like you to copy the Linky Code (just click on "get the code") in to your post so your blogger buds can join in on the fun or link back to the both of us so they can at least "find" the party, but you don't have to.
5.  We'd love to see the video of your song (which can easily be shared via youtube.com) but if you just wanna list your favorite song of the day, we're "cool" with that too!
6.  Hey, and don't forget to grab our button while you are at it.  (BCIMommy still likes it cause she thinks it sounds dirty. *teehee*)

Just Another Mom of Twins

In honor of The Calgary Stampede This Week I present you with a song sung in the way that Country Music was MEANT to be sung...with a whole lotta “twang”!!
Yee Haw!! Enjoy!



Highwaymen- Mama Don't Let You Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Friday, July 15, 2011

You May Want to Check Out This Site!!!

Morning Blogger Buds!

Just a short n' sweet post this morning. WHAT???  I know, I am never short, except in stature (LOL) but I have a fun filled day with Ave & Bryce...we are heading to the local Farmer's Market and out for lunch! 

Anyways, Richard over at The Butter Bottom Blog (a great dad blogger) referred me to a community of "moms" and I just wanted to share that with you all because it has been less that 48 hours and I have met so many new "blogger buds" & my traffic has increased greatly!

Many of you may already be a member but I couldn't NOT post this just in case you haven't heard of VoiceBok.com .  It only take a minute or two to sign up and then you will have access to some fabulous features.  The community regularly hosts facebook, twitter and blog "share times" which from what I know (which isn't all that much YET...hahaha) is a way to meet new bloggers and drive traffic to your own blog. 

As I said, in less that 48 hours I have had LOTS of people "click-by" and now have 10 new followers!  They have a chat feature, forums, recipes...it just looks like a wonderful networking site. 

So here is the direct link...if you get the chance, check it out! :)




 
Happy Friday!!! 
 
I hope you can come stop by tomorrow for our "Songs That Make Us Sing Saturday"
P-A-R-T-Y!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sometimes I just Don't FEEL Like Cooking OR Being Healthy!

I confess...I had one of "THOSE" supper making nights...you know the one I am talking about...right?!?!?!  I can't be the only person out there that just doesn't feel like cooking or being healthy sometimes...right?!?!?! (Pleeezzzeee comment and give me some affirmation...LOL)

I am very diligent about providing my family with well balanced, nutritious meals.  DILIGENT I say!  Just not all the time and definitely NOT last night...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays~ Scrapbooking Blog Hop!

ATTENTION FELLOW CRAFTERS!!
Come and Join My Wordless Wednesday Scrapbooking Blog Hop!!

I L-O-V-E to Scrapbook and make Handmade Cards. Since having my very 1st Giveaway last week of a Starter Scrapbooker Kit, you can see that post HERE...I have made a few new fellow Scrapbookin' & Card Makin' Lovin' Blogger Buds!! WooHoo!

So, I've decided to host a Wordless Wednesday Scrapbooking Edition Blog Hop!

I love looking at other's Scrapbooks/Cards ALMOST as much as mine...LOL! So I thought; "What's a better way to do that AND to get some great ideas for some future layouts or card designs?"

So come on...Hop Along!!  Post your "Creations" and share your talents with fellow Scrapaholics!!

How It Works:

1. Post your name and link to your Scrapbook/Card creation to the Linky bellow.
2. If you are as creative with the computer as you are with paper...copy the "link code" into your post so your crafty blogger buds can join in on the fun!
3. I'd love it if you'd "Follow Me" and leave me a comment so I can 'Follow You" back! (if we aren't already following each other)
4. You can just post the pic without words OR you can tell us a little about your "inspiration" or techniques...totally up to YOU! (Post as many or as few pictures as you like...the stage is YOURS!)

Happy Scrapin' Everyone!

This is the front of Ave & Bryce's 1st Year Baby Scrapbook.  I had lots of extra
Birth Announcement photos so I created this "reel" looking effect. 
(I think I need to "jazz" up their birth stats now that I am looking at this picture...LOL!)

I found these neat "stick-on" 4x6 photo holders.  I just stuck it on the front of the completed
page and now you can flip it over to reveal the ever so precious "1st Baby Pics"

I really wanted some documentation of my pregnancy but I didn't want
8 pages.  So, I shrank the photos and put my 8 1/2 months of pregnancy
pictures on one page!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Today I am Sad...

I am sad today.  No funny, self-centered posts.  One of my dearest friends was pregnant with her first child.  She is not preganat anymore.  Today I am sad. 

I know all too well the feeling of loss and devestation she is feeling, a feeling I would never wish upon my worst enemy.  Today, I send out my love and support to her and all the woman "out there" who have had to experience this loss.  Today, I say a  prayer for her and her husband as well as, all the woman "out there" who are trying to start a family.

"Sometimes love lasts a moment.
Sometimes love lasts a lifetime.
Sometimes a moment is a lifetime."
-Author Unkown

Today...I am sad.

Monday, July 11, 2011

What I Love About ME Mondays- I love GNO's!

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I live in Cow Town...Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  It's the time of the year I dread most.  The time of year that my husband and I have typically arranged to be AWAY on holidays.  The ONLY time of year that I am NOT devastated when I miss a GNO (Girls Night Out)!

That time of year is.... The Calgary Stampede.  Yup, the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" or so it's known around the world and by local wannabe Cowboys n' Cowgirls. (Which I take some small offense too because being a Cowboy/girl is really tuff, hard work and when "us" city folks "pretend" to be them...well, I WOULD be offended if I was a hardworking Cowboy/girl...I'm just sayin'.)

I like to refer to it as "Halloween in the Summer" and for the record, I have NEVER wanted to dress-up like a Cowgirl BUT what I love about ME today is that...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spiritual Sunday- My Daughter Ave

I feel so blessed in life.  I have my health, the love of my life and two beautiful children.  I thank God everyday for trusting me enough to send us two little angel to love and cherish. 
Ave Marie has long been a favorite song of mine, for as long as I can remember.  When I was getting married and I told my mom that I wanted that played at my wedding, she was adamant that Ave Marie was for funerals, not marriage ceremonies.  I spoke with the Minister and he explained the “meaning” of that song in the most simple way.  He told me that Ave Maria is a call to God to intersect and give a “special” blessing through his loving mother.  Therefore, he said, it is a song of “re-birth, new beginnings and blessings”, completely and totally appropriate for a wedding. 
I had the most beautiful woman, with the most beautiful voice sing that on my wedding day...it is one of my most cherished memories of that day!  And who would have thought that our daughter’s name would be “born” as a result of that conversation with the Minister....
It was right after that discussion that I asked Dave what he thought of the name “Ave” for our daughter, should we have one.  Ave, pronounced Awe-Vay, is Latin and means “Hail” or “Holy Salutation”. He thought it was beautiful and we both thought about how “special” it would be to share our story of how she was named.  The story of how we called upon God for a sacred blessing on the day of the “birth of our union” and how we also called upon God for the same blessing for “her” on the day of her birth.  And so, as God would have it, we were blessed with our little baby girl and without a second thought or even a word mentioned, we named her Ave.
She is constantly being called AVE, as in the short form of Avenue or Ava (thinking I’ve misspelled it) and I know some may think that it was a silly-confusing name to call her, especially given some of the WILD names out there these days but at the very worst she’ll have to always be correcting people.  I  hope she will think that the lovely story she has to share when people do ask her about her name will outweigh the inconvenience of constantly having to correct people..only time will tell!

Allow me to leave you with what I think is the second best rendition of Ave Marie...the first was at my wedding!



Next Spiritual Sunday...My Precious Son Bryce!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Songs That Make US Sing Staurday- BLOG HOP PARTY!

Are You Ready For A Saturday Linky Party?? 
Well then get your dancing shoes on and those singing voices ready because ME, Ginger of Just Another Mom of Twins and Becca of Because I'm the Mommy are hosting a "Songs That Make Us Sing Saturday Blog Hop!!" 
Oh Ya! This Is Gonna Be FUN! FUN! FUN!

Hey It's a PARTY So We Don't Have Any Rules!!
(Except NO puking...the Mommies can't handle anymore puking.)

Here is how it will work and just a few guidelines:

1.  Please Follow the TWO of "Us"  (we're so much more than just songs...LOL) If you're a new follower please leave us a comment so we can follow you back!
2. Pick A Song...any song that makes you wanna sing! Old-New-Country-Pop-Punk...anything goes. (Let's try to keep it family friendly if we can...LOL) If you want, tell us why the song makes you wanna SING!
3.  Add your link to the "Playlist"
4.  We'd REALLY like you to copy the Linky Code (just click on "get the code") in to your post so your blogger buds can join in on the fun or link back to the both of us so they can at least "find" the party, but you don't have to.
5.  We'd love to see the video of your song (which can easily be shared via youtube.com) but if you just wanna list your favorite song of the day, we're "cool" with that too!
6.  Hey, and don't forget to grab our button while you are at it.  (BCIMommy still likes it cause she thinks it sounds dirty. *teehee*)

Just Another Mom of Twins
Let the P-A-R-T-Y Begin!!

Come on..."Take A Chance On US"!!   Put on your dancing shoes, warm up those vocal cords & hop-along for the best Musical Blog Hop out there!! 

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Take A Chance On Me- ABBA

Enter YOUR NAME and LINK to your Song Below to
ADD it to the "Party Playlist"!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

OMG! I WON...I WON...I W-O-N...WON!!!!!

I am t-o-t-a-l-l-y screaming in DELIGHT right now!  Liz from Thriving and Surviving with Twins &  Sweet Simplicity Designs  just sent me an email and I WON HER BLOG DESIGN 52 Weeks of ME GIVEAWAY!!!!!



Sweet Simplicity Designs


And that means that all my BLOGGER BUDS kinda won too because now you won't have to be so bored by my current design when you come to visit!  Oh who the heck am I kiddin'...WHAT DESIGN?

Stay tuned for the NEW & EXCITING, professionally designed (I feel so important now) Just Another Mom of Twins blogger site!!!   Woo Hoo!!

FAVOR- Since I am so very new to this bloggin' world, I am completely clueless as to where to even start!  So if you have ANY SUGGESTIONS about "blog design" Pleeezzzzzeeee leave me a comment and help a girl out.

Off to continue my HAPPY DANCE & SONG!  I won, I won, I W-O-N!!!! LOL

Have a Fab Weekend!! (I know I will now!)

THANK YOU LIZ!!!

Halfway There 52 Weeks of Me Giveaway and the WINNER is....

So, BEFORE I announce the WINNER I have a few short things to say.  Now, now, no scrolling down to see who the WINNER is first....LOL!  

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I want to say THANK YOU so much to Andrea of The May Twins , Dollimama and Twins, Trials & Triumphs for throwing this HUGE Link Up Giveaway Event in recognition of their 52 Weeks of ME!  I had sooooo much fun participating!!

I also want to THANK everyone who stopped by to enter and who "clicked" the Follow ME button! There were 97 entries and I now have double the amount of Followers...yoohoo!!!

Finally, in honor of the "52 Weeks of Me" I wanted to tell you all that this week I got off my buttocks and organized my Scrapbooking Room so that I can begin to take more time for ME, doing what I LOVE to do...Scrapbook!  Make sure you all MAKE TIME FOR YOU TOO!!


(Did you come straight down to see who the winner is? Shame on You! LOL)

 The WINNER IS.........

Kaeli over at Kaeli's Kiwis  (You've got Mail!)

CONGRATULATIONS!!! 
 I hope you enjoy your Scrapbook Starter Kit...i would love to see some pictures of your completed project!


How the heck did you pick the WINNER Ginger? Totally randomly...of course! :) 

1.  I put every one's name in an excel spreed sheet as they posted comments.
2.  I used Random.com to assign every entry a random number.
3.  I then used the "Random Number Generator" to find the LUCKY entry number.

True Random Number Generator


Min: 1
Max: 97
Result:
66
Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Make sure to STAY CONNECTED because I am going to be doing another GREAT GIVEAWAY in the Fall!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Who Needs a Vacuum When You've Got Kids?!?!?!?

I am not sure about the rest of you "mommies" out there but my kids are like little tiny vacuums.  Their small fingers pick up anything and everything from my floors.

To be TOTALLY honest, I'm not an impeccable housekeeper by any standards but I certainly wouldn't qualify to be on "How Clean Is Your House?" either. (Or at least I would hope not...LOL)  Still, my kids make me feel like I should be vacuuming every couple hours given the minuscule items they pick up and then carry around clutched in their fists like it was a million bucks. 

Yesterday was particularly bad.  I finally had to snap a picture of the items I managed to retrieve from their "death grips" and this was in less than 1 hour....hmmmm....maybe it IS time to take out that Hoover???  (But I swear I JUST vacuumed the day before!!)

My little vacuums picked up:

A lid to a pen (which I have been looking for...thank you cuties!)
A rolled up piece of tape
A white piece of paper
A blue piece of paper
A yellow piece of plastic

Ok, so I was just thinking what YOU are probably thinking:  NEVER MIND the cleanliness of your home Ginger...you should probably be more concerned with the choking hazards you've got going on!  Ooopps!  LOL

Today is the LAST DAY to enter my Very 1st Giveaway!!  If you haven't already come on, JUST CLICK HERE for your chance to Win...Win...Win!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (Kinda)

Looks Like I'm Not the Only "One" Trying to Take
Some Time for Themselves Today!


Silverback Gorilla
(Father's Day at the Zoo 2011)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thank You Blogger Buds!!!

I just have to send a "shout-out" to all my new blogger buds!  You really have made a BIG difference in my life in the short time I have been in this amazing "blogging world"!  Allow me to elaborate...

After picking the kids up this afternoon , I was feeling a little overwhelmed, under-appreciated & undermined.  To be frank...I was "ticked" right off!  I was so ready to post a rant n' rave but before I got started I thought I better play "catch-up" on my blogger buds posts.  Afterall, I WAS away from the computer for a whole 4 hours...LOL!

And so I sat down with a glass of wine and began reading....


Stains on the Carpet...I've Been Waiting 17 months for THIS!

Ok, before I get into the story I just have to give a little background so you can appreciate where I am coming from or more importantly perhaps, where my husband is coming from...LOL!

Just before Ave & Bryce were born in January 2010, my husband I were talking about all the wonderful changes we were going to be enjoying once the babies arrived.  My husband was concerned a little, ok a lot, about some of the not so wonderful changes.  Stains on the carpet being his #1.  (I know, of ALL things, he was worried about stains....geeeeshhh!)  At that time, I suggested we put in linoleum flooring or buy an area rug...but he declined that offer. (See conversation below)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Spiritual Sunday- The Most Beautiful Flower


In keeping with things that I find to be inspirational and not necessarily "religious", please enjoy one of my very favorite poems that helps me keep life in perspective.

The Most Beautiful Flower...




Saturday, July 2, 2011

Songs That Make Me Sing Saturday!

It's that time of the week to S-I-N-G!!

I am wondering if anyone would be interested in hosting a "Songs that Make Me Sing Saturday" blog hop with me OR if you would be interested in participating in one if I figure out how to do that!

Until I hear back...here is one of my all time favorite Karaoke songs to sing! (I've won a few standing-O's for my performances on Cruise Ships...LOL!)  ENJOY!

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Halfway There 52 Weeks of Me Challenge- BIG Giveaway Event!

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*

(Please See the Winner's Post on Friday July 8th, 20011)

Hi There!  Thanks for stopping by for my
VERY FIRST Giveaway....I am so excited!

Andrea of The May Twins along with Dollimama and Twins, Trials & Triumphs are throwing a HUGE Link Up Giveaway Event in recognition of their 52 Weeks of ME!
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For my ME time, I love...love...love to Scrapbook.  I started over 10 years ago and complete 3-4 books every year.  Now that Ave & Bryce have come into my life, ALL my scrapbooking time is spent on their books.  My mom was never much of a "memory-keeper" so, I have made it my number one mission to make sure my children have photo books and stories they can read for the rest of their lives.  To be completely honest...it's more for me than them, at least for now!  I can be found many times throughout the week, sitting on the couch sipping a glass of wine & enjoying all my lovely scrapbooks!
 
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So in light of my favorite ME TIME, I have decided to Giveaway a Starter Scrapbook Kit!  (All you need is a book, some glue and your favorite pictures!)

To enter, just leave me a comment on what your favorite thing to do for "YOU" is!  Bam...that's ONE entry for you to win!! 

For a second chance to win...Just "Follow Me!" and then leave a second comment and BAM...BAM.. that's TWO entries for YOU!!

Want a THIRD Chance to win...ok then!  Suggest my giveaway to a fellow blogger...come on back and leave me ANOTHER comment and BAM...BAM...BAM...that's THREE entries for YOU!!

A winner will be drawn at random on July 8th.  (I will mail out the prize to anyone, anywhere!  Us Canadians are often excluded from GREAT Giveaways so I just can't do it to my international blogger buds!)


Included in the kit is:  Close to My Heart Level 1 & Level 2 Elegant Bouquet Paper (18 sheets of printed paper, 12 sheets of colored cardstock, 2 sheets of stickers), 4 Close to My Heart Ribbon Rounds, 4 small acrylic "Hello Friends" stamps & block, 1 small black stamp pad, 60 Making Memories flower embellishments, 3 packages of "BLING", 1 package of "puff" stickers and 1 package of Close to My Heart "Love" rub-ons. (Value: Over $50.00)



If you would like to join in the giveaway or check out the other GREAT GIVEAWAYS click here! (Including the 3 hostesses FAB Giveaways)

Happy Birthday Canada! Let's Eat Poutine!




Now that I have your taste buds attention.  Just out of curiosity, are you thinking "Yummy!" or "Eewwy!"?  LOL

I would like to share some of the reasons why I am proud to be Canadian...Eh!
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